Waiting for Wednesday: The Grip of It by Jac Jemc


Book Synopsis:

A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house. Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home. 

Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.

Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cherish.”

Why I need it:

Who doesn’t love a classic haunted house story? I know I do.

Since reading The Shining a week or two ago I have been craving a good ghost story. The Shining novel was more psychological horror than a ghost story but thanks to the film it will always make me think of ghosts, so now I am in the mood for a good ghost story.

The cover also reminds me of The Boy Who Drew Monsters, which was one of the best horror novels that I read last year. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but if I see horror that is potentially mixed with childish themes it will go straight on my TBR list. I am a sucker for anything creepy involving children in any way. It is my horror catnip.

I have a personal reason for wanting to read a book about a haunted new house. I bought a house a few months ago and feel too comfortable in it. I need to give myself some nightmares.  I also have a slight fear of undiscovered rooms in houses and according to the blurb this book has just that. I am always on a quest to find a novel that frightens me and this book ticks plenty of my potential fear boxes.

Perfect Summerween reading.

The Grip of It is scheduled for release on  August 1st 2017

Waiting for Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Break the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases, and continued by Wishful Endings

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14 comments on “Waiting for Wednesday: The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

  1. This one is new to me, but it looks really interesting!! I’m also always looking for a truly scary read. I hope you enjoy it when you get a copy!

    Here’s my can’t-wait read!

  2. Haunted house stories creep me out the most, but I love them!

  3. J.W. Martin says:

    I don’t normally go in for horror books, but I just started reading Hex. Have you heard about it? It’s about a witch that has her eyes and mouth sewn shut and she haunts an entire town. She goes where she wants, when she wants (even inside people’s houses) and they all just live with it, cause “those are the rules.”

    Such an intriguing concept, I couldn’t resist!

    • The Spine Cracker says:

      Yes I have heard of it! It has been on my to read pile for a while now actually. I just havent been able to find a copy to read anywhere. It has been bothering me because I have been dying to read it.

      • J.W. Martin says:

        I’ll take a real book over an eBook any day of the year, but in certain situations I don’t mind reading one or two digitally.

      • The Spine Cracker says:

        Usually I prefer the physical book but if I can’t find a physical copy I will go for ebooks or audiobooks. I should go on a proper hunt for Hex again.

  4. Oh wow this sounds amazing!! Adding (yet another) to my wish list! My TBR pile is starting to hate your blog 😂

  5. I ended up ordering Hex from Book Depository because I really wanted it. This one has intrigued me for a long time and is already on my wishlist – hope we bother love it.

    • The Spine Cracker says:

      I might end up doing the same thing. I am on a book buying ban at the moment so maybe when that is over I will finally order it. If you read this one let me know what you think of it. Hopefully we will both enjoy it.

  6. buffywnabe says:

    Definitely sounds like a scary read! Great pick!
    Check out my Wednesday Post

  7. I don’t often read ghost stories in the genre as I sometimes find them a bit slow but I do love my horror! Give me something gory, full of monsters or evil people and I’m all over it! Hope to get some good ones read this year. Hope you’ll enjoy this one when you get it!

    • The Spine Cracker says:

      Oh I couldn’t agree more, but sometimes you just need to take things slow. I think I have read my fill of gore this year, and that is saying something.

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